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Volume 36/ Issue No. 12
CONTENTS 06 Junior Nationals
15 All-Schools Cup
Singles gold the highlight of Queensland's hit-and-miss campaign at Australian Under-18 Championships
St Anthony's Catholic College claims All Schools glory in battle of the north final at Pine Rivers Bowls Club
08 Helensvale 5-a-Side
19 APL Guide
Underdogs Raymond Terrace take the title and the cash at Helensvale's $50,000 marquee event
Check out our guide to the inaugural Australian Premier League extravaganza, set to rock Pine Rivers in November
10 Disability Champs
State and national reps among the big winners at the 2013 Queensland Multi-Disability Championships
State Coaching Committe chief, Barry Ward, explains why reaccreditation is more than just red tape
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From the Chair with Ron Chambers MULTI DISABILITY GAMES
This year’s Queensland Multi-Disability Championships were held at Aspley Bowls Club. This event has become hugely popular in recent years, resulting in a boost in entry numbers. This success is thanks mainly to the tireless efforts of Bowls Queensland's development team, in conjunction with Queensland’s Blind and Deaf Bowls associations, Life Stream and Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association. With the continued support of these organisations, disability bowlers in Queensland can look forward to competitive state championships for many years to come. ALL SCHOOLS CUP
The All Schools Cup Challenge was once again held at Pine Rivers Bowls Club, with students playing for the honour of being crowned Queensland’s state champion school. Bowls Queensland is proud to present this event with the assistance of our development team and the officials and volunteers from Pine River Bowls Club.
Excellent bowls was played by all competitors during the sectional rounds, with an exciting final being played between St. Anthony’s Catholic College from North Queensland and Smithfield State High School from the Tropical Far North.
St. Anthony’s were the eventual winners, a good result for the country areas of Queensland. BOWLS QUEENSLAND COUNCIL MEETING
Bowls Queensland council members met at BQ headquarters in Enoggera on September 25. The annual September meeting provides all district delegates the opportunity to meet and discuss their opinions on how the state is progressing, both at competitive and administration levels. At this meeting the budget for the coming year was approved by council members, including a modest increase in annual affiliation fees.
This increase will enable the Board to implement policies such as a launching a new membership database, establishing a Primary School Challenge competition and reducing fees for dual membership. The Board can also adjust the subsidies paid to districts attending the annual District Sides Championships.
your say Dear Editor,
I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in the the new Australian Premier League concept.
It will be wonderful to watch some of the world's top bowlers going head-to-head in a fun and fast-paced format, and having it broadcast live on Foxtel is an amazing boost for the sport. It's just a pity it won't be available on freeto-air tv, as this would ensure a far greater audience.
Also to have the inaugural event staged in Queensland is fantastic, and I congratulate Pine Rivers Bowls Club on their progressive thinking and support for the sport.
I'm sure there will be some traditionalists (whingers) out there who won't support the APL and think it's a corruption of the game, but I think the vast majority of bowlers will get behind this concept, as it may well be the shot in the arm that our sport needs. As well as supporting the APL, I hope bowlers will really get behind the sponsors, as without sponsors, events like this would not be possible.
I'm personally doing my bit to support the sponsors and having a nice cool XXXX gold as I write this letter. Good luck to all the players, I look forward to watching this wondeful event unfold in November.
Trev Hollard Brisbane
NATIONAL UNDER 18 CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year’s junior nationals were held at Sorrento Bowls Club in Perth, WA. Each state team consists of five girls and five boys, competing in singles, pairs, triples and fours. Our team had a successful event with seven of our juniors winning medals.
The highlight of the championships for Queensland was Gold Coast junior Braidan Leese winning the boys singles gold medal. Braidan was also selected in the Australian Under-18 squad, alongside Queensland teammates April Wilson and Taleah Putney.
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NATIONAL CALL FOR QLD CHAMPS A GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE AT JUNIOR NATIONALS HAS EARNED QUEENSLAND ACE BRAIDAN LEESE A CALL-UP TO AUSTRALIA’S UNDER18 NATIONAL SQUAD. The apprentice greenkeeper from Coolangatta on the Gold Coast despatched Northern Territory’s Owen Short with ease, 21-5, to bag the singles title at the national championships in Perth last month. Leese’s win was the highlight of a hit and miss campaign for Queensland’s relatively inexperienced junior squad of five boys and five girls. Talented duo April Wilson (Helensvale) and Taleah Putney (Gayndah) secured a second medal for the Queensland coffers, beating ACT’s Jessica Hogan and Kristen Steele 26-11 in the pairs bronze medal play-off at Sorrento Bowls Club. The win also earned Wilson (16) and Putney (15) a spot in the national
under-18 squad, putting them in contention to represent Australia at the 2014 Junior Trans-Tasman.
Wilson missed out on a second bronze in the singles, going down in the decider to an in-form Ellen Ryan from New South Wales, 21-6. “I haven’t been well but kept playing on as I didn’t want to let my girls down,” Wilson said, post game. She had particular praise for her pairs partner, Putney, “She played very well. She’ll be back next year and so will I.”
The girls team of Connie-Leigh Rixon (Kawana), Putney, Rikki-Lee Kemp (Burnett) and Kali Visentin (Giru) suffered a similar fate in the four, edged out of a nail-biting bronze medal decider by home side WA, 17-15. “There was number of short bowls that cost us in the end, “ said Bill Cornehls, Bowls Queensland’s state coach. Thankfully the boys fours outfit had no such trouble in their medal match.
Cohen Litfin (Jindalee), Stephen Savage (Dalby), Brendan Wilson (Tweed Heads) and Nic Gosley (Beenleigh) added another bronze to Queensland’s tally, with an impressive 20-shot victory over ACT, 29-9. While not playing for medals, there was joy for Queensland's triples teams, with both the boys and girls winning their fifth place play-off. Golden boy Leese was also relieved with his pairs win, the Gold Coast ace avoiding the wooden spoon by skipping Savage to victory over NT in the 7th/8th place play-off.
Flying back to Queensland with one gold and a pair of bronze medals was pleasing for Cornehls, but he’s not letting the squad rest easy.
“We can take some positives away from it, but there’s a few negatives we need to work on too.” Despite winning gold, Cornehls is still pushing for more from Leese.
“He’s been around for a number of years, he came into the state junior side at 13, he’s gained a lot of experience over five years. “He’s got the ability but he can’t rely on that, he’s got to keep working at his game and keep developing through the ranks.” He had the same firm advice for the bronze-winning girls pair.
“Taleah and April played quite well in the pairs and April’s been a little off-colour the last couple of days. Anyone else could have just given up but she stuck to her guns,” Cornehls said. “In the singles she didn’t play to her best, but in the pairs she played a lot better. She’ll still be in the junior ranks next year and I’ll expect more from her. “The whole team did their best on the stage and we can’t ask for more.”
NSW were the big winners on the day, coming away with three gold, two silver and three bornze medals to wrap up the overall state champions trophies. Clockwise from above: Bonze-medallists Nic Gosley, Stephen Savage, Cohen Litfin and Brendan Wilson. Right: Singles golden boy, Braidan Leese, shows off his spoils. Left, Australia's newest under18 squad members, April Wilson and Taleah Putney. Photos courtesy of Bowls Australia. 6 | queensland bowler
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Natasha Van Eldik, Ian Lean, Lennon Scott, Matt Baus & Jason Stokes
Underdogs unleashed at 5-a-Side Raymond Terrace were surprise winners at this year’s National 5-a-Side tournament at Helensvale. Roaring through a strong field, which included a number of state, national and international players, the New South Wales outfit brushed aside host team Helensvale 3-1 in the final.
The tournament started in cloud and drizzle, not a typical Gold Coast welcome for the 20 visiting teams, which included the country's top clubs from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, WA, Tasmania and South Australia.
Helensvale and 2012 champions Warilla were expected to feature strongly in sectionals. Yet it was Victoria’s Ocean Grove, on debut, blazing a trail on day one, with Matt Flapper leading by example. Warilla were hitting their usual stride on day two with world singles champion Leif Selby winning all eight matches in career-best form. Helensvale were placed second, with Ocean Grove in third. South Tweed faced some tough examinations in the drizzle and the 2013 Queensland Premier League champions were far from happy with their 19th place standing at the end of day two. The pack shuffled throughout a sunny day three, as the strongest teams rose up the ladder. Host club, Helensvale sat on top with 55 points, with a charging Raymond Terrace coming from sixth to finish second (49). Third was taken by Warilla (47) with Burleigh Heads squeaking into the finals also with 47 points. 8 | queensland bowler
Mt. Lewis and early leaders Ocean Grove just missed out on finals places, finishing one and two points adrift in one of the closest finishes on the Helensvale greens.
The sun shone again for the final day as Helensvale took on Burleigh Heads in an all-Queensland showdown, while Warilla played Raymond Terrace in a NSW battle. Helensvale’s fine form took them past a resilient Burleigh Heads team, as Raymond Terrace’s march continued by sweeping aside Warilla.
The temperatures soared and the sweat was gathering on the brows of all ten players as matters got tense ahead of the grand final. The pairs decider got off to blistering start, with Ian Lean and Matt Baus from Raymond Terrace racing out to an 8-2 lead against Anthony’s Fantini and Kiepe from Helensvale, a surpise scoreline considering the Jets duo narrowly lost 21-20 to the Hawks during sectionals.
And while the heat was taking its toll, with Lean taking on plenty of water and painkillers for his back, it was not enough to halt the sprint to victory, as the Jets clocked up an impressive 20-5 win.
Delight at the style and margin of victory was written all over Baus' face post match.
“You don’t expect to win like that against opposition like that,” he said, “especially on their home track.”
A much tighter game was underway on the next rink as the triples traded heavyweight blows, standing 5-4 after five ends in favour of Terrace.
Aussie reps Lynsey Clarke and Nathan Rice spearheaded the Helensvale’s attack, but were met with stern resistance from Lennon Scott and Natasha Van Eldik. Heading into the closing stages, the Jets claimed a breakthrough, picking up five shots on the penultimate end, before eventually winning 18-12. When play resumed, Brett Wilkie started well against Lean in the singles, but neither could dominate. That was until Lean suddenly surged forwards and claimed victory within the next few ends, 21-11. The fours got off to a ripping start with Helensvale streaking out to an 8-2 lead after six ends, Clarke showing why she is one of the best bowlers around. But the challengers weren't ready to roll over, reeling in their opponents until they were only one-shot behind. But by then the score no longer mattered, as Lean took the singles to give Raymond Terrace an unassailable lead and capture the National 5-a-side crown. Helensvale bowls co-ordinator, Lynsey Clarke, was complimentary about the strength of the opposition, “It was disappointing to lose the final but great to make it in this quality field. Raymond Terrace are a great team and I’ve a great Australian teammate in Tash Van Eldik, so it was good to have a hit out against her.” Van Eldik was also impressed with the high class of players on show. “The triples was definitely tough, but it’s the best players from around the country in all disciplines.” v36/12
disability championships Experience prevailed at the fourth annual Queensland Multi-Disability State Championships at Brisbane’s Aspley Bowls Club from September 8-11, with some of Australia’s top disability bowlers capturing medals. There were plenty of familiar faces on the winners' podium, with Nathan Appleton, Kaye Freeman, Marian Morrison and Tony Bonnell just a few of the state and national reps to strike gold at Aspley. The championships, which are organised and run by Bowls Queensland in conjunction with Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association, Life Stream and the Queensland Deaf and Blind bowls associations, provide an exciting opportunity for disability bowlers to join together and compete at one combined state championship event. A lucky few are even selected to represent Queensland on the national stage. Read on page 12 ►
Clockwise from bottom left, Clive Williams and Tony Bonnell; Barry Greentree and Barry Lynne; Brett Wilkie, Samantha Oâ€™Dea, Nathan Appleton, Kaye Freeman, Greg Dunk; Cooper Whitestyles; Maisie Smith and Brandon Smith; Brian Taylor and Gail Dellar; Cristian Lenske; Wally Whitehead; Geoffrey Geall.
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Gail Dellar, Brett Murphy, Dianne Reddick, Mark Lee, Barry Greentree, Ken Read, Julie Lyons, Barry Knapton, Brett Wilkie, Barry Lynne
National singles champion Tony Bonnell, fresh from representing Australia at the Eight Nations event in Scotland, was the star performer in the Sporting Wheelies category of this year's Multi-Disability Championships at Brisbane's Aspley Bowls Club.
The 45-year-old Pine Rivers bowler beat Warren Fraser, 43, from 1770 Bowls Club in the singles final, 4-9, 11-3, 7-0. It’s a credit to how far Fraser has come in the past year. After being “thrashed” at the 2012 championships, the northener bounced back in 2013, winning the right to contest the final against one of his heroes in the sport, national champion Bonnell, and even taking the first set. “I played well this year, I had nothing to lose,” Fraser said.
Bonnell had stepped off a plane less than 24 hours before the state championships and he was delighted just to be there. “This is a fantastic event,” Bonnell said.
“It’s a pleasure to play with all of these great bowlers and I have enjoyed the company of every person here.”
It was an important win for Bonnell, who is eager to impress national selectors and secure his dream of representing Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Impress he did, following up his singles gold with gold in the pairs, alongside teammate Clive Williams from Maryborough Services.
The two former boys from Cooroy snatched the state title from defending champs Mossman’s Bernie Wolland and 12 | queensland bowler
South Suburban Mackay’s William (John) Green 11-3, 10-4. The game was more of a grind than the score suggested, with a six-bowl end in a six-bowl game turning the result in the challenger’s favour. “We drew and they didn’t, Bernie and Greenie didn’t play as good as they usually do,” Williams said. In the Sporting Wheelie women’s singles, Murgon’s Sylvia Hiltunen defended her 2012 state singles title, beating Edge Hill Bowls Club’s Kaytlyn Smith, 8-3, 1-15, 4-1.
Still a youngster at 22, Kaytlyn, who has cerebral palsy, has played in the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled category at state and national level every year since she was 16. She and Ashley Pardon, 32, from Cloncurry Bowls Club are former national champs, winning pairs gold at nationals in January 2011, following on from silver at the state championships in Mackay in November 2010.
Unfortunately, the Smith-Pardon combo’s hopes of recapturing the pairs title in 2013 was upset by 2012 defending state champs Wolland and Green, 4-13, 9-4, 1-4 in a tiebreak semi. Life Stream In the Life Stream category, Dalby’s Nathan Appleton, who now represents North Toowoomba Bowls Club in pennants and plays Premier League for Bramble Bay, continued his fantastic form with gold medal wins in the singles and pairs.
The 21-year-old powerhouse beat Alan Duffy from Balmoral Bowls Club for the singles crown, 17-0, 13-1, before skipping Samantha O’Dea from Gracemere Bowls Club (Rockhampton) to the pairs title with a tiebreak win over Duffy and Phil Siggers from Glasshouse Bowls Club, 1-10, 10-7, 4-3. Appleton thanked O’Dea following their pairs win. “We did it, we won,” he said, “even though we were playing against two men.”
Nathan’s mum Margie Read said Nathan had gone ahead in leaps and bounds since his impressive Australian Open singles win in the Life Stream category in February this year.
Cleveland’s Kaye Freeman continued her dominance in the Life Stream women’s singles, beating Samantha O’Dea to the gold medal in straight sets, 10-4, 8-6. DEAF In the deaf bowlers category, there was also a dual medal winner, Barry Lynne from Mareeba Bowls Club. Lynne beat Ken Read for the singles crown, 9-5, 13-8.
He then partnered Barry Knapton to victory in the pairs decider, taking a narrow tiebreak win over Diana Reddick from Corinda and Barry Greentree from Sandgate, 9-4, 5-9, 4-3.
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Brett Wilkie, Joy Forster, Robert and Lynne Seymour, Tom Henry, Kathy Edmunds, Bruce Jones
QLD CHAMPS GUNNING FOR GAMES Tony Bonnell and Marian Morrison in the mix to represent Australian at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
BLIND In the blind bowlers round robin-style competition, the winners are decided by points rather than knock out. In the B2-B3 men’s singles, Tugan Bowls Club’s Jake Fehlberg, 19, won the gold medal 21-14, against Des McKay, a reverse of last year’s result when McKay beat Fehlberg to the gold. Jake (pictured above with his dad, Grant) is in his second year of a Bachelor of Business degree at university, with bowls his main sport and pastime outside of study. The 2013 Blind Bowlers champs are: B1 Open Singles - Bryan Forster B2/B3 Men's Singles - Jake Fehlberg Ladies Singles - Lynne Seymour B4 Men's Singles - Earle Gray Open Triples - Wayne McDonald, Brandon Smith, Marian Morrison. For pictures from the 2013 MultiDisability Championships visit Bowls Queensland’s Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/BowlsQld v36/12
Queensland disability bowlers Tony Bonnell (Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association) and Marian Morrison (Blind Bowlers) had a taste of Commonwealth Games bowls as part of Australia’s rep bowls team competing at the recent Eight Nations tournament in Glasgow, a ‘dress rehearsal’ for next year’s Games.
Kassulke (pictured below) from Enoggera Bowls Club had no sooner stepped off the plane from Scotland when they were due at Aspley Bowls Club to contest the Queensland State Multi Disability Championships.
Glasgow 2014 will be the first time a disability category is included at a Commonwealth Games, and while there are a number of Australian camps to go before any decision is made about the final bowls rep team for Glasgow, Bonnell and Morrison will be trying as hard as anyone else to make the team. There will be a Disabled bowler triples category, where Bonnell represented Australia at Eight Nations 2013, and a Blind Bowler mixed pairs category, where Morrison teamed up with Victoria’s Tony Scott to win gold at Eight Nations 2013. "It was an amazing experience, to be part of the Australian team playing in Glasgow," Bonnell said.
"We played triples and came fourth out of eight nations, just missing out on the bronze.
"Scotland were very good on their home turf, taking the gold and bronze in our event, and South Africa got the silver. Marian Morrison and director Beatrice
They brought their gold medals from Eight Nations to show their proud supporters. Morrison said she was surprised how “true” the Glasgow greens ran.
“They were very spongy, like walking on carpet, and they had a different style of play, it was an exciting experience,” Morrison said. queensland bowler | 13
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School s Out '
Southeast schools don't make the grade as Townsville teens take All Schools Cup in battle of the north at Pine Rivers Bowls Club
“strong and silent” duo from St Anthony’s Catholic College Townsville snatched victory from the competition favourites, Cairns' Smithfield State High School, in the 2013 All Schools Cup at Pine Rivers Bowls Club on September 21-22.
St Anthony’s Matthew Dunlop, 15, and James Rowley, 15, won the “Battle of the North” against Smithfield's James Petch, 17, and Mitchell Styles, 16, in an upset tiebreak, 11-7, 4-8, 4-2.
The Smithfield duo had more wins than any of the other school teams on the way to the grand final, with three decisive victories in sectional play compared to St Anthony’s one win and one loss.
However the Townsville boys peaked at the right time, scraping into the semi finals where they made short work of Craigslea SHS, 12-1, 16-3.
Smithfield aced its preliminary rounds but had to work harder in its semi against the only all-girls team to go through, from Pacific Pines SHS, 7-7, 5-16, especially in the tough first set. There was some expectation the colourful Smithfield side, with more runs on the board, would out-play the quiet achievers from St Anthony’s in the final, but somebody forgot to tell the Townsville side to read the form guide.
Dunlop and Rowley claimed the first nine-end set in comfortable style, 11-7, setting the cat among the pigeons.
However no one thought for one moment the Smithfield boys were incapable of reply, and so it proved, as they took control of the second set, posting a 4-8 victory to set up a winner-take-all tiebreak. Normally it would be the sort of down-to-the-the wire opportunity an experienced skip like Smithfield’s Mitchell Styles, with his damaging drives, would relish.
But in this case, Rowley’s steadfast placements prevailed over the master-blaster.
The tie-break see-sawed 1-1, 1-2, 2-2 until the fourth end, when it became clear the tiebreak and All Schools championship for 2013 would be settled either way by a last-ditch drive by Styles. Unfortunately for the Smithfield skip, his drive failed to rattle the head and a delighted St Anthony’s unit claimed the tiebreak 4-2 and the state title.
With their similar focus and concentration on the green, the winning St Anthony’s duo also have a lot in common off the green.
They both come from three-son families, Dunlop the relative newcomer to the sport and Rowley from a junior bowls background, his brother Sam played All Schools in 2011. Both boys’ dads play, Andrew Dunlop and Michael Rowley, at Suburban Townsville and both boys are cricketers, taking up bowls as something extra. Coach Doug Croker said he was delighted with the way the boys played. “They can probably beat me now!” Croker said.
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Lead Dunlop said it was a nice surprise, he certainly didn’t expect to win the All Schools Cup in his first year. “The experience was fun,” Dunlop said.
“We’d definitely like to come back and do it again next year, defend our title,” Rowley said.
“All credit to the Townsville boys, they played better on the day,” Smithfield lead Petch said. “Lucky (for them) I missed,” Styles said, referring to the drive that got away. Styles previously played All Schools in 2011, with rep sister Madi.
He said it would have been nice to win in his and Petch’s final chance at All Schools, since it is the Cairns boys last year at high school, but unfortunately, the “Battle of the North” went Townsville’s way.
Bowls Queensland development manager Brett Murphy said it was great to see the hard work performed by a dedicated group of volunteers in the north of the state had paid off.
“Tropical Far North and North Queensland have been committed to junior and schools programs for as long as I can remember,” Murphy said.
“Considering the extra resources available to clubs in relation to juniors in the south east corner of the state, it makes the Townsville-Cairns All Schools final even more impressive.” Pictured: (top) Mackay SHS’s Thomas McFarlane and Thomas Bugeja; (right) Craigslea SHS’s Wade Viers and Daniel Keogh.
Back row from left: All Schools runners up Mitchell Styles and James Petch (Smithfield SHS Cairns) and champions Matthew Dunlop and James Rowley (St Anthony’s Catholic College Townsville), middle row from left, Brayden Saville (Clifton SHS), David Foxwell (Rockhampton SHS), Jacinta Weier (Hervey Bay SHS), Annika Darlington (Burnett State College, Gayndah), Paige Bailey and Michaela Bailey-Nelson (Pacific Pines SHS), Lachlan Miller (Rockhampton SHS), Robert Weier (Hervey Bay SHS), front row, Brodie Goddard (Sunshine Coast Grammar), Josh Keleher (Clifton SHS) and Nathan Inglis (Sunshine Coast Grammar) 16 | queensland bowler
New All Schools format a big hit with players
he format for the ninth annual All Schools Cup was a little different this year, to encourage more high school students to give the game a try. It called for one registered player and one newcomer to the sport to make up a pair and win a place at the state title play-offs, by beating other school-based pairs in their bowls district.
13 of 19 districts in Queensland fielded a representative pair for All Schools, Brisbane (Craigslea SHS), Brisbane North (Pine Rivers SHS), Bundaberg-Port Curtis (Shalom College), Burnett (Burnett State College), Central Queensland (Rockhampton SHS), Downs (Centenary Heights SHS), Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay SHS), Mackay (Mackay SHS), North Queensland (St Anthony’s Catholic College Townsville), Southern Downs (Clifton SHS), Tropical Far North (Smithfield SHS), Gold Coast Tweed (Pacific Pines SHS), Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast Grammar).
Bowls Queensland development manager Brett Murphy said it was disappointing that powerhouse districts like Cunningham and Gateway were unable to support a school-based team for All Schools this year. “They’ve got great junior development pathways, hopefully they’ll be able to support a pair to compete at All Schools in 2014,” Murphy said. He also hopes to get a junior rep pair for 2014 from the smaller districts who didn’t compete this year, Caboolture, Condamine, North West and Maranoa-Warrego. v36/12
Clockwise from top: Cheering on the competitors at All Schools 2013, some of the states best junior bowlers, from left, Jayden Cottell, Nic Gosley, Taleah Putney, Bryce Litfin, Hayden Vogler, Emma Rowbotham, Jessie Cottell, Cohen Litfin, Sarah Wilson, Aymee Bellert. Burnett State College Gayndah’s Aymee Bellert and Annika Darlington. Semi finalists Mitchell Styles (on bended knee) and James Petch from Smithfield SHS Cairns with Pacific Pines SHS’s Paige Bailey (left) and Michaela Bailey-Nelson. Pine Rivers SHS’s James Wakefield and Alex Thompson. queensland bowler | 17
Rod Laver Autobiography If you’re a bowler who also likes tennis, you might like to consider attending a special lunch on Thursday October 27 at Brisbane’s newly refurbished City Hall Auditorium, to launch world tennis icon Rod Laver’s autobiography. Channel 7’s Pat Welsh will host the function, where four new inductees into Queensland Sport Hall of Fame will be announced and the 13th “Legend” of Queensland sport will be announced. The lunch’s $120 price tag includes a copy of the Laver autobiography and there may be opportunity to have it personally autographed.
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Maroochy Rookies In a break with tradition, Club Maroochy will see out the year with a Rookies Classic Pairs tournament, to be played over the last weekend of 2013. It will replace the club’s usual New Years Singles event.
“The Rookies Classic Pairs will target bowlers with less than four years in the game, separate men’s and women’s divisions, and every pair will play over the full two days, to enhance the experience,” organiser John Peck said. “After qualifying rounds on Saturday (Dec 28), the pairs will split into two divisions, depending on performance.
“On the Sunday, the A division will play for a larger slice of the prize money and a perpetual trophy, but B division will also get prize money, which doesn’t usually happen, so that will be a nice incentive.” For seven days following the Rookies Classic Pairs weekend, Club Maroochy will host a series of one-day events, including mixed pairs, triples, fours, pairs and social bowls, kicking off with the $1000 Mixed Pairs on Monday December 30.
Entry fees and tournament details and forms online www.clubmaroochy.com.au or phone the club 07 5443 1307. Tournament director is John Clark, email email@example.com or mobile 0419 133 052. “Club Maroochy is a great place to hang out over the Christmas-New Year period, we have three grass greens close to the beach and all the usual facilities, including a great Chinese chef,” Peck said.
Family Ties Two dad-and-son combos featured in Sunnybank Bowls Club's 2013 6th division district pennant win recently.
Kevin Conlon (above left) was proud to have son Barrie on board and Hamish Gemmell was proud to be wingman for dad Peter. It was Barrie Conlon’s first appearance at pennants, after taking up bowls with his dad about a year ago.
Hamish Gemmell started bowling as a junior and has a handful of pennants appearances already to his credit.
Binjour Invite If you fancy a country trip, Binjour Bowls Club NW of Gympie will hold a JuniorSenior Day on Sunday, October 27. Teams are two juniors, two seniors. (Binjour has seniors wanting to play, if you have extra juniors.) Juniors must be U18 as of October 26. Junior must skip. Three games of 12 ends. Entry fee $70/team, max 16 teams. Entry includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. All welcome. Binjour Bowls Club (07) 4161 3231
The Sunnybank team of Roger Avern, Peter Gemmell, Hamish Gemmell, Pat Black, John Squires, Bob Chettle, Graham Shardlow, Clem Connolly, Peter Sands, Tony Kearns, Don Bray, Barrie Conlon and Kevin Conlon won the Cunningham district 6th division final against Algester on September 15. "We had a great day, we won on all three rinks, 76-48, in brilliant conditions," Roger Avern said.
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Australian Premier League The rules The players The draw
The most exciting bowls comp in years
Welcome to a significant change in the history of the sport of bowls in Australia. This is the start of the Australian Premier League - a new competition set to redefine the sport of bowls for generations to come. The Australian Premier League is to be staged under the roof at Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane from November 19 to 22. Six teams will battle it out, the Messenger Press Adelaide Endurance, XXXX Brisbane Gold, Blundstone Melbourne Roys, TOWER New Zealand Blackjacks, Solargain Perth Suns and BCiB Sydney Lions. Bowls Australia has been diligently developing this innovative format and new competition for the game over the past five years. It had been identified that while it was essential to respect and maintain the traditional formats of the game, bowls also needed something dynamic and new to connect with a younger audience and boost participation across all demographics. The revolutionary format and conditions of play of APL are designed to maintain some traditional elements of the game but also to speed it up, create excitement and make it a more spectatorfriendly game.
Welcome to a new era of bowls! Welcome to the Australian Premier League family! We at Club Pine Rivers are extremely proud to be the host venue for the first-ever APL challenge, at one of the best facilities in Australia. Our undercover greens give the outdoor feel without our bowls being held hostage to unfavourable weather conditions. Our club layout is exceptional, with our wide viewing deck overlooking the outdoor greens complex. We have been working with Bowls Australia in planning and development for this exciting new Australian Premier League concept for more than two years. It is thrilling to be part of the launch, knowing our Pine Rivers players Alex Murtagh and Robbie Wild are intimately involved in the XXXX Brisbane Gold APL team, Alex in the role of team coach and Robbie playing, joining Mark Casey and team captain Kelvin Kerkow OAM. Alex and Robbie have only last month completed their coaches accreditation, to add to their impressive list of achievements on the bowls green.
Without the support of the Australian Sports Commission, Kombat Teamwear and Club Pine Rivers, this concept of the APL could not have become a reality.
The competition doesn’t play out until November 19-22 but it’s already in full swing, the banter between the APL rivals is a joy to behold.
We wanted something that would be spectacular to play and watch and engage a wide television audience.
Kel and Glasso (Kelvin Kerkow and Steve Glasson) are big names of the sport but they’re every bit as excited as the rest of us and we all look forward to this new era in the sport we all love.
The APL is the forerunner to a much broader participation growth strategy whereby the exciting APL format will be rolled out to selected clubs throughout Australia commencing in 2014 – the program will be called Jack Attack with a kids-only version, accompanying a program called Junior Jack Attack. In a significant coup for the sport, the inaugural APL competition will be broadcast live in prime time on Fox Sports in Australia Bowls Australia’s official broadcast partner - and on Sky TV in New Zealand - and we are thrilled as bowls in Australia has been void of live television coverage for many years.
I wish all our APL teams and everyone associated with the APL family the very best of bowls, camaraderie and hospitality. We look forward to sharing our friendliness and facilities with you at Club Pine Rivers.
Ron Howden - President, Pine Rivers BC
So it gives me immense pleasure to be able to officially launch the Australian Premier League.
Neil Dalrymple - Bowls Australia CEO
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revolution has arrived W
hen the English refined an ancient Egyptian game to create the sport of lawn bowls, they could not have foreseen the revolution about to hit Australia's greens.
“Bowls is no longer seen as a sport for the oldies and this league will continue to grow an interest in the sport for the younger generation who want a fast and action-packed version of the game.”
Bowls Australia has developed a new, action-packed format, handpicking the finest traditional elements and fusing them into a turbo charged, rapid concept.
He will also broadcast his breakfast radio show live from Pine Rivers Bowls Club during the event.
For centuries the sport lay stagnant, but now a fresh, fast-paced, dynamic approach will thrust bowls into the 21st century.
The new Australian Premier League (APL) will pit city against city in an adrenaline-fueled national series.
The APL was launched at Melbourne Bowling Club in Windsor on October 3, with the help of tournament ambassador, Mick Molloy, and players from all six inaugural teams.
Australia’s newest sporting competition hopes to recreate the success of cricket’s T20 Big Bash League, by widening the lawn bowls appeal through modernisation. The four-day event starts on Tuesday, November 19 at Brisbane’s premier bowling facility, Club Pine Rivers.
In an Australian first, these floodlit games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Sky NZ between 5pm – 9.30pm, providing a perfect showcase for the games’ newest format. Teams from five Australian states and another from New Zealand will fire up their rivalry in pursuit of a slice of a total prize purse of $100,000. These six eager teams are Brisbane Gold, Adelaide Endurance, Melbourne Roys, Perth Suns, Sydney Lions and the New Zealand Black Jacks.
Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said the new format would have a great impact on the game. “The APL will transform the way lawn bowls is played, viewed and perceived.”
“The format has been developed to attract new participants to the sport, provide current fans with an innovative version of competition, and leverage the sport’s exposure with a live television product.”
This shortened, two-set version of the game will be perfect for people with busy work and family schedules, and will be available to clubs throughout Australia from 2014. Mick Molloy is excited to be involved with the launch of this new league. 22 | Australian Premier League
Molloy will also be joining Fox Sports coverage, offering his own unique thoughts on the contest.
Officials are confident the evolution of this centuries old game will increase its appeal to sponsors and grow commercial opportunities via television broadcasts, while increasing participation at clubs by means of the new, action-packed format. APL QUICK FACTS ► Six teams, 18 players, from five Australian capital cities and one team from New Zealand. ► The team are: Messenger Press Adelaide Endurance, XXXX Brisbane Gold, Blundstone Melbourne Roys, Tower New Zealand Black Jacks, Solargain Perth Suns and BCiB Sydney Lions. ► Each team will include three players, with two players from each team nominated to compete in each game as the lead and skip. ► The third player will be the ‘super sub’ for that team and may be called upon at any time. Each team also has a non-playing coach. ► Each game is played over two sets, with five ends per set, and a one end tie-break if required, for a one-hour match duration. ► There will be three (3) bowls per player per end. ► The APL will be played as a sectional based competition in the preliminary rounds and convert to a ‘knock out’ format for all finals play. ► The top four teams make it through to knock-out finals. ► There is $100,000 up for grabs. ► APL will be the first ever bowls event broadcast live on Australian prime time television. v36/12
ueensland’s representatives in the inaugural Australian Premier League will be the XXXX Brisbane Gold. The three-man team of Kelvin Kerkow, Mark Casey and Robbie Wild will take to the green under the watchful eye of coach, Alex Murtagh.
2006 Commonwealth gold medal winner, Kerkow, feels the new format is tailored well for spectators. “The pace should be good for spectators. Two sets of five ends make it a very short game, but then every team has a chance," Kerkow said.
"It’s three-bowl pairs, so I don’t think we'll have many highscoring ends. Teams won't be able to get out to a big lead and low scoring games mean any team can win.”
From a coaching prespective the changes will need to be considered. “It is a unique format, quite different to a normal game of bowls,” said team coach Alex Murtagh.
But the Pine Rivers bowler will have his charges well organised regarding the new super-sub rule.
“We’ll discuss before the game what the plan is and then it’ll probably be my decision on when to use it.” Fox Sport is broadcasting the event live in Australia, and not only will it showcase the bowling talent, it will show the TV audience the glitz and glamour of modern bowls.
“I’ve been a member of Pine Rivers for ten years,” says Murtagh (bottom right). “I have been involved with the set up of the grandstand seating and corporate areas. It will be something extraordinary.”
“The green runs well, you can play all the shots on it, absolutely everything. The new rules will take a little bit of getting used to. But it’s the best of the best out there.” He’s also familiar with his teammates, “I know Mark and Kelvin pretty well, we’ve played together in the state side for a few years. It’s always a great experience to be playing with them, especially at such a prestigious event.”
“It’s a world class venue with world class players. It’ll be a great atmosphere,” concludes Wild.
With an all-star side and a fantastic home venue, the Brisbane Gold team should be red hot favourites heading into the inaugural Australian Premier League event.
Playing at his home club will be Robbie Wild, so he knows the greens well.
“It’s the sort of track that will get quicker, it’ll certainly be a challenge for the players,” Wild (left) said. Australian Premier League | 23
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USTRALIAâ€™S FAVOURITE BOWLER MICK MOLLOY WAS ROLLED OUT FOR THE IMPRESSIVE LAUNCH OF AUSTRALIAN PREMIER LEAGUE AT MELBOURNE BOWLING CLUB ON OCTOBER 3. Ten years after the release of the bowls movie that made him famous, the Crackerjack star said he was overwhelmed with emotion to be back. "This is where it all happened, this is where I was introduced to the sport of lawn bowls," Molloy told the assembled media and reps from the six national and cross-Tasman Australian Premier League teams. "I felt funny walking back in here, overwhelmed actually. "There are so many great memories, of course (Crackerjack co-star) Bill Hunter's not with us anymore, but it all comes back to a great sport, great people. "I feel like I'm the unofficial ambassador for lawn bowls, wherever I go in Australia, I usually try to duck into a bowls club and I'm well recognised and generally welcomed..." 24 | Australian Premier League
Molloy said he was confident the new APL competition would "turn the sport upside down and give it a shake, which it needs." "Two sets, five ends, three players, going hard, there'll be sledging, there'll be action, there'll be nothing left in the locker room!" Molloy has been brought on board to help publicise the showdown, for the six-week countdown period from official launch in Melbourne to the gamedays, Tuesday November 19 to Friday November 22, at Queensland's Club Pine Rivers. The showdown will be broadcast LIVE on Foxtel and has already been billed as lawn bowls' answer to Twenty20 cricket. Molloy said he'd go further than that. "There's a great vibe and the niggling and rivalries have already started," Molloy said. "You should have heard Kelvin Kerkow (Brisbane Gold) and Steve Glasson (Sydney Lions), I have no doubt this could turn into the State of Origin of lawn bowls, I love it!
"And what about the Bledisloe Cup, the New Zealand Black Jacks against the Aussie sides, I reckon we could get a haka going on the bowling green, now that would be a world first!" Molloy said he sometimes wondered if the sport played to its strengths. "Bowls clubs have got to be a more welcoming place for families," Molloy said. "Friends and neighbours want to get together in a social, casual atmosphere and sit on a lawn, and the local bowls club is the perfect venue. "We get more young than old at barefoot bowls here in Melbourne and when people associate a sport with a good time, they're more likely to take the next step. Molloy said bowls has to have its professional aspect and pennants was an important part of a club but a few dozen pennants players wouldn't keep a club afloat. "Clubs have got to cater to all types, I'm a social bowler, I love hanging around in a bowling club but I'm not going to play pennants," Molloy said. v36/12
PERFECT HOST Queensland powerhouse, Club Pine Rivers, has been one of the driving forces behind the Australian Premier League, backing its vision and passion with cold hard cash, by tipping $35,000 to the APL kitty. Situated in Bray Park in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, the club has been a
massive supporter of bowls development throughout the years.
A foundation members of both Premier League Queensland and Bowls Super Challenge Queensland, the dynamic club will now play host to the inaugural APL event.
“The club has worked closely with Bowls Australia to develop what everyone in the sport believes will be an exciting, madefor-television spectacle,” president Ron Howden said.
“We’re very proud and delighted to be the first host club for this wonderful adventure.”
Club Pine Rivers will erect grandstands around the greens for the APL play-offs and wants them full to create an even more amazing atmosphere for the players and for the television audience at home, some of whom will be watching their first bowls game ever, thanks to live coverage on Fox Sports. To this end, the club has made a special offer to bowls clubs.
Although don't count him out as a bowler...it's in his blood. "My grandma Edie Carew was a gun bowler up at one of your Queensland clubs, dyed in the wool, hard core, I can't remember the name of the club, I must chase it up with mum before I come up to Pine Rivers in November," Molloy said. Molloy will do some live spots for Melbourne radio from Club Pine Rivers, as the inaugural Australian Premier League competition unfolds. "I'm always happy to throw whatever weight I have behind any great new bowls initiative when they ask me to be a part of it," Molloy said. Apart from his unofficial role on Team Lawn Bowls cheer squad, Molloy is busy, busy, busy. "I've written a new movie, I'm doing a TV show in Melbourne, doing some stand-up comedy, I'm too busy really, but it's all good," Molloy said. "Tell your readers to get down to Club Pine Rivers, November 19 to 22, to see a really great show, and if they can't be there in person, watch it on Fox Sports! "It will be a spectacle and well worth it, about time bowls was beamed live into media rooms around the country, if you've never seen top bowls played, you'll be amazed at what these boys and girls can do with a bowl!" v36/12
“If you hire a bus and bring a load of keen bowls fans to Club Pine Rivers during APL week, Tuesday November 19-Friday November 22, we’ll reimburse you to the tune of $10 per bus passenger, to give you an extra incentive to be part of this historymaking new era in lawn bowls and become part of the APL family,” bowls coordinator Des Wilson said. "And as an extra bonus, if you can come on Day One of APL, Tuesday November 19, we'd also like to invite you to a free lunch and presentation by MakMax, the company behind our magnificent shade structure."
Corporate boxes are also available for the duration of the event. Call Craig Lauman on (07) 3481 8600 for more information. Club Pine Rivers is very proud to say that two of their outstanding club players (and
Queensland rep players) will line up in the XXXX Brisbane Gold side, Robbie Wild will play with Mark Casey and South Tweed captain Kelvin Kerkow, while Alex Murtagh will serve in the coach-manager role. “I have every confidence it will be well worth your while coming to Club Pine Rivers as an APL spectator, it will be an event to remember and we’re all geared up to be excellent hosts, it’s something our club prides itself on," Des said. Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club is 66 years old and one of the most progressive clubs in Australia, having just spent $7.5 million on two covered synthetic greens which can be played on in all weather conditions.
“It’s brilliant to be able to play outdoors but undercover every day during summer," junior vice-president and ambulance officer Harry Betteridge said. "We used to have to call off plenty of bowls days during summer because of the extreme heat, but now even our elderly players can be on the green every day during summer if they want." Renovations are currently underway to make the clubhouse even more comfortable for members, guests and visitors. Club Pine Rivers has 650 men and women bowling members and 35,000 social members.
It is an experienced host club of big-name events, including an Asia Pacific Games and several televised international events. Club Pine Rivers has won five Queensland state division one pennant titles and 12 district division one pennant titles in the past 13 years, and boasts three state reps among its bowling members, Robbie and Alex who will play in the Australian Premier League, and Kurt Brown. There’s always something going on at Club Pine Rivers, including upcoming events like the Christmas Hamper Open Fours (Sat Dec 7) and the $16,000 Invitation Open Pairs (Qualify on one day only, Tues Dec 17-Fri Dec 20, section winners play Sat-Sun Dec 21-22.) Contact Des for more information 0410 077 066 or email email@example.com
Club Pine Rivers by night
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Brett Wilkie: World fours gold, Commonwealth Games silver and World Champion of Champions. What more can you say? Clive Adams: WA elite squad and Australia Development Squad member, a young player on the rise. Jeremy Henry: Former Northern Ireland rep, now based in Australia, stormed the singles rankings in 2013 going as high as No.2 (currently No.5).
Steve Glasson: Former world number 1 and current Australian bowls coach. An undoubted master of the greens. Karen Murphy: The player to emulate in womenâ€™s bowls. Currently the top-ranked pairs player, sheâ€™ll be right at home in the APL. Aron Sheriff: International Bowler of the year, World Fours gold. Aus Open Singles champ. A Blues sharpshooter!
Mark Haines: A young, dedicated sportsman with a mature attitude. A bowler of great skill. Scott Thulborn: SA Player of the Year and singles champion, player for all occaisions and greenkeeper of note. Wayne Rudeiger: World Fours gold, Triples silver and gold in SA International. Believes loads of practise and self-confidence will help you achieve greatness in bowls.
Dylan Fisher: This up and coming Victorian is an Aus rep with SA International golds to his name. Matthew Flapper: 34 year old Aus rep and Ocean Grove coach with many years experience, a strong-minded player. Graeme Archer: World top 10, this Melbourne based Scotsman is well travelled and a World Championship Triples winner. No shortage of experience here.
Jo Edwards: Number 1 in the world, this New Zealander is a hardworking bowler who reads the greens well. Ali Forsyth: World Champ of Champs in 2004, says success comes from being happy and enjoying the game. Tony Grantham: Successful NZ bowler, a six nations winner, a player who stays true to his natural game.
Kelvin Kerkow: World and Commonwealth Champion hot shot, vastly experienced and possibly Australia's best known bowler. Will be hard to beat. Robbie Wild: Playing on his home track this experienced Queensland rep is not to be taken lightly. Mark Casey: Long-time Aussie rep with many state, national and international titles.
Round 10 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Round 8 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Round 7 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Round 5 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Round 4 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Round 2 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Round 1 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Perth Suns V Sydney Lions
Perth Suns V Melbourne Roys Adelaide Endurance V Brisbane Gold
Rink 1 Sydney Lions V NZ Blackjacks Melbourne Roys V Brisbane Gold
Rink 1 Sydney Lions V Brisbane Gold Perth Suns V Melbourne Roys
Rink 3 Adelaide Endurance V Perth Suns Brisbane Gold V NZ Blackjacks
Rink 3 Adelaide Endurance V Melbourne Roys Perth Suns V Sydney Lions
Rink 3 Brisbane Gold V NZ Blackjacks Melbourne Roys V Sydney Lions
Rink 2 Melbourne Roys V Brisbane Gold
Rink 3 NZ Blackjacks V Adelaide Endurance
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Rink 2 Adelaide Endurance V Sydney Lions NZ Blackjacks V Perth Suns
Semi Final 1 Semi Final 2 Final
6:30pm - 7:45pm 8:00pm - 9:15pm
APL Arena Adelaide Endurance V Melbourne Roys Sydney Lions V NZ Blackjacks Brisbane Gold V Perth Suns
APL Arena Sydney Lions V Brisbane Gold Adelaide Endurance V Perth Suns Melbourne Roys V NZ Blackjacks
APL Arena NZ Blackjacks V Perth Suns Melbourne Roys V Sydney Lions Adelaide Endurance V Brisbane Gold
5:00pm - 6:15pm
8:00pm - 9:15pm
6:30pm - 7:45pm
5:00pm - 6:15pm
8:00pm - 9:15pm
6:30pm - 7:45pm
5:00pm - 6:15pm
8:00pm - 9:15pm
6:30pm - 7:45pm
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Rink 2 Brisbane Gold V Perth Suns NZ Blackjacks V Adelaide Endurance
Round 3 5:00pm - 6:15pm
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Rink 2 Melbourne Roys V NZ Blackjacks Sydney Lions V Adelaide Endurance
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
APL Draw and Schedule
Melbourne Cup is steadily approaching. Why not celebrate here at our Cocktail Party? Drinks, finger food, cocktails, entertainment and much more, where Corporate boxes available on a nightly basis. else would you rather go? Reserved seating, refreshment and meals included. Tickets are available at Contact club for packages. Limited numbers, first in. reception now.
Why not join us at our West Wing Bar and Grill! Our restaurant offers a wide range of delicious menu items specially selected for you by our experienced team of chefs. Our menu offers a range of dishes including succulent seafood, top quality char-grilled steaks, selected prime chicken, pastas and salads. The Rivers Cafe offers a wide assortment of delicious sandwiches and wraps togourmet open steak sandwiches, hamburgers, lasagna and pizza. Why not finish off from a choice pastries and slices to join your coffee?
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THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED Live Fox Sports telecast another exciting first for Australia lawn bowls
Australian Premier League will play out between November 19-22 at Club Pine Rivers, in full view of television cameras. Thanks to Fox Sports, Bowls Australia’s official broadcast partner, even if you can't make it to the club, you can still feel part of this spectacular innovation in lawn bowls, through the images beamed LIVE into your club house.
out on live sporting action from across the globe with FUEL, ESPN and Eurosport, including UFC, NBA and NFL, plus lifestyle, entertainment and kids’ channels.
Liquor licence type must be “Registered Club” or equivalent.
Fox Sports Venues provides a high quality viewing experience for all members.
Now is the time to contact Fox Sports Venues to ensure your club is ready with the best television coverage of Australian bowls, as well as a range of summer sports and entertainment. Fox Sports commercial director Steve O’Connor said Fox was delighted to be broadcasting lawn bowls for the first time.
Treat your members to the best in sport and entertainment with the Fox Sports Venues Small Clubs Package.
“We're very happy to be involved with the Australian Premier League and Australian bowls in general,” O’Connor said.
The package features over ten dedicated sport channels, including Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3 and Fox Footy.
Along with the exclusive bowls coverage, the FSV Small Clubs Package brings you every game of the Hyundai A-League and up to 10 live games each week of the Barclays Premier League.
You will also get five live Wallabies Tests from their 2013 Spring Tour, and won’t miss
FSV service is not available in all areas or premises.
Is your club eligible? The FSV Small Clubs Package is only available to registered clubs with fewer than 1,000 members, no more than 15 gaming machines and no 'full service' TAB outlet.
"We build the public profiles of sports that don't otherwise get a lot of television exposure, it’s a very satisfying and constructive job." For further information on this special deal for clubs contact Fox Sports Venues on 1300 301 415 or email info@foxsports. com.au.
Pine Rivers Bus Deal Pine Rivers will refund $10 per person who arrives on a bus during the Australian Premier League event and reserves seating in the grandstands. Limited numbers, so bookings are essential through the club on (07) 3205 2677. Special deal for bus arrivals on Tuesday November 19th. We’ll have a presentation by MakMax, the company behind the Pine Rivers facility, followed by free buffet lunch. 1
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THE XXXX BREWERY TOUR officially opened on the 6th October 2003 when Castlemaine Perkins marked its 125th birthday and launched the multi-million dollar XXXX Brewery Tour and Ale House facility.
Located just 1.5kms from Brisbane City and one block from Suncorp Stadium, it’s easily accessible by train and bus. The tour takes around 75 minutes, which includes a safety briefing, 13 minute state of the art historic movie presentation followed by onsite touring of keg cleaning lines, packaging lines, history room with plenty of memorabilia to view and learn about the most imperative aspect…the all-important brewing process.
Keep your eye on the ball
After the tour has finished it’s time to taste four fine beers of your choice while your tour guide explains the difference between the flavours, and you can even come into the bar and learn how to pour the perfect beer. The XXXX Brewery Tour was designed to take visitors into the heart of the brewery and show them the entire process so we hope your experience is Good as Gold!
The XXXX Brewery prides itself on a high standard of service and continually endeavours to upgrade facilities to ensure the guest experience is met. This year $250,000 was spent on upgrading the tour entry and cinematography section.
After guests have enjoyed their tour they then have the time to sit back and relax in the XXXX Ale House restaurant, taste their beers and order one of the many affordable items off the menu. The XXXX Ale House is also a popular venue for weddings, birthdays and corporate functions.
Don’t let macular degeneration put you off your game. Have your eyes tested and macula checked.
XXXX Brewery Tours start at only $27 per adult including beer tastings, there is also non-drinking and Seniors prices available.
Tours operate daily on the hour from 11am midweek and a variety of tour times on the weekends.
To book visit www.xxxxbrewerytour. com.au or call 07 33617597.
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backing Australian Premier League More than 900 bowls club around Australia will have a hand in one of the most exciting new concepts in the sport of lawn bowls, through their association with major sponsor, Bowling Club Insurance Brokers (BCiB). BCiB ambassador and Australian Premier League enthusiast Steve Glasson says it’s a comfortable fit. “I’m very proud to be associated with both Australian Premier League and BCiB, this is an exciting new initiative and it’s fitting that one of our sport’s major sponsors has come on board to directly sponsor one of the six teams, our Sydney Lions team,” Glasson said. Glasson will play Australian Premier League with NSW powerhouses Karen Murphy and Aron Sherrif in a team to be coached and managed by Gary Willis, and sponsored directly by BCiB, of which both Glasson and Murphy have been proud ambassadors for many years. “I used to work for Bowling Club Insurance Brokers before I took on the national coaching role and since then, I’ve remained a proud ambassador of BCiB, for more than 10 years,” Glasson said. Queensland legend Kelvin Kerkow OAM is also a loyal long-term supporter of both the sport and BCiB. Kerkow will play Australian Premier League with Mark Casey and Robbie WIld, and coach/manager Alex Murtagh, in the Brisbane Gold team. Kerkow is the Queensland state area manager for BCiB. v36/12
He looks after more than 200 clubs himself personally, all around Queensland and in northern New South Wales.
"That's BCiB's niche, that's what makes us unique, we're not an internet or phone service, I personally visit every single club client every year, we sit down and we work out what is the most cost effective way to get them the insurance coverage they need and can afford," Kerkow said.
"BCiB is a broker so we can source lots of underwriters and because we have such a huge client base, we get a discount on our premiums and we pass them on to our clubs. "We're way in front of our opposition!"
And that's just where Kerkow plans for his Brisbane Gold team to be in APL, also, way in front of the opposition! But not if Glasson has his way.
"Kelvin and I are united about BCiB but when it comes to Australian Premier League, it's war!" Glasson joked.
Glasson said Sydney Lions were proud to have BCiB as their team's direct sponsor for Australian Premier League because it would help get the message out there what a loyal supporter of bowls the company is.
“BCiB gives back around half a million dollars a year to the sport of lawn bowls, so the clubs that insure with BCiB will not only get excellent value for money and excellent service, they will also help put money back into our sport. “BCiB sponsorship and makes a real difference.”
"And it's a great insurance company to deal with in terms of product and service,
as well as being a family business and Australian owned, they get rave reviews from the clubs they service."
The national coach and selector says he can’t wait for the Australian Premier League playing window between November 19-22.
“It’s so rare to get live TV coverage in any sport in Australia and Fox Sports will cover this tournament live for the duration,” Glasson said.
“The six teams will get great coverage for their city and our sport will be the winner, the format is exciting with its power plays and shot clocks, it’s a made for television spectacle and I can’t wait.”
Glasson said BCiB’s contribution to Australian bowls and Australian Premier League was exceptional.
“BCiB supports bowls from the highest government levels to the grass roots, including growing junior bowls which is the future of the sport,” Glasson said. “Keep supporting BCiB because it is right behind us in growing our sport, when clubs insure with BCiB, they are forging a link with a company that will not only return that support but will provide them with great service for the duration.” Australian Premier League | 33
....making a world of difference at Pine Rivers For more than 35 years, the Village Motors Group has worked hard to become one of Queensland’s leading automobile dealers, almost as hard as Club Pine Rivers to become Queensland’s Best Bowls Club. To strengthen the relationship between these two iconic organisations in the Pine Rivers and Moreton Bay area, Village Motors is proud to come on board as the Venue Sponsor of the Australian Premier League Tournament being held at Club Pine Rivers in November. Village Motors Group managing director, Marlene Newcombe said sponsoring the Australian Premier League Tournament is a great honour.
“There has always been a strong connection between Club Pine Rivers and Village Motors. We are very excited to be involved with this momentous tournament,” Ms Newcombe said. Investing in the local community is, and always has been a priority for Village Motors and Club Pine Rivers. “Both Village Motors and Club Pine Rivers believe in giving back to the local community because they have supported us for so many years. I think this is our biggest synergy,” Ms Newcombe said. Last year, Village Motors furthered its commitment to local communities by launching its own not-forprofit organisation, Our Village Foundation. To date, Our Village Foundation has donated more than $300,000 to 70 projects which benefit various community groups, sporting clubs, schools, not-for-profits and charities working tirelessly to benefit the Moreton Bay region and North Brisbane area. Club Pine Rivers has shown their support and have come on board as a 2013/2014 Foundation Partner, further helping their local community prosper.
Since installing two synthetic greens with MakMax roofing, Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club, just north of Brisbane, has seen a dramatic change in the way bowls is run.
Bowls Coordinator, Des Wilson speaks about the advantages he's witnessed at the club and the flow on benefits that have come as a result.
"Since the completion of our major renovations in August 2010, where we obtained the services of MakMax Australia to install covers over our greens, we have not lost a day of bowls due to inclement weather," said Des. "Last year we would have lost 53 days to rain, this equated to an average of 40 bowlers per day and approximately $22,100 in green fees that would have been lost." Des also mentions the associated revenue gained through the addition of an all-weather facility. "Gaming, bar and food revenue would have been lost by not having the patrons on the premises."
The future of bowls as a sport is sometimes seen as being under threat… sun safety, ageing members, and a difficulty connecting with the younger generation all contribute to declining membership.
Des feels the development of a multi-purpose facility that caters to the community, serves to cement the traditional bowls club as a hub and heart of the community.
"More people are visiting and playing bowls due to our covered greens where they can’t get sunburnt or wet." Des adds, “we can offer bowlers more by playing at night even through the winter as the light is above world standard and we are not hampered by dew on the greens. We now can cater for more corporate and barefoot bowls functions, which provide additional revenue." The difference between Pine Rivers and other local clubs is now clear. A little forethought and planning by board members has paid off. Pine Rivers was the first club in Queensland to receive a MakMax fabric roof over their greens, the decision has been one of the best they've made. Des entertains clubs from across the state on his home turf, "We are more than happy with the results of our covered green project and thank MakMax for the design, construction and cooperation throughout the entire construction period." If you'd like a tour from Des and MakMax please call us on 1800 777 727.
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DAYBORO LADIES: Back row, Sandy Kern, Hazel Kruger, Wendy James, Gillian Jones, Rita Johnston, Giuli Ferguson, Janet Taylor, Eleanor Williams, Desley Hanlon, Nancy Buss, front row, Verle Darbyshire, Edna Wruck, Rosemary Bierge, Lorraine Petroff, Sheila Close, Fay Greensill, Dawn Heathwood
DAYBORO LADIES BOWLS CLUB is waving its first district pennant flag since 1996.
The final was against Geebung at Banyo Bowls Club and it came down to the last rink still playing.
"What a nail-biter it was, going to the last team and the last end, with Geebung holding three shots, it was up to our Dayboro skip, playing with new bowls she had only for a week." club secretary Eleanor Williams said. "She had to reduce the head to at least two shots to avoid playing an extra end.
"Everyone was holding their breath when she achieved the goal, her first bowl reduced Geebung to two shots. "Then the Geebung skip put her first bowl down and got back the extra shot.
"Dayboro skip’s next bowl came down, following the same path as her previous bowl, and reduced the head to only one shot in favour of the opposition.
"Geebung skip had one more bowl, but she was unable to add to the score, you can imagine the excitement! "Dayboro had won the Brisbane North
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District Division 4 Pennants by two shots!
"We’ll be celebrating for a long time, and of course, we’ll need to go back next year and do it all again, except we’ll be in Division 3, but we do like a challenge!” Dayboro is a small country town in a valley surrounded by mountains, about an hour’s drive north-west of Brisbane. The bowls club was founded in 1946 and it took 50 years for the Dayboro Lady Bowlers to win their first QLBA Metropolitan Pennants flag, in 1996.
“With an influx of new members this year from other clubs, we hoped to go one better in Division 5 this year, but there weren’t enough contenders to make up five divisions, so we had to play up in Division 4. “Even so, it's been our year, we were delighted to win our semi final and then on August 22, we played our final at Banyo Bowls Club against Geebung, and the rest is history!”
Unfortunately, their records were destroyed in the 2011 floods so they have no history or photos of this proud occasion, only the Metropolitan flag was saved.
Belmont Services Bowls Club at Carina is planning a 50th anniversary celebration week, starting November 24.
“Since the QLBA was split into districts, we haven’t had enough members to field our own Dayboro team, we’ve always had to join with other clubs to compete at Pennants,” Eleanor said.
The club’s 50th celebrations kicked off with an inter-club invitational Men’s Two Bowl Triples carnival on October 7.
They got a second Metropolitan flag in 2001, as runners-up.
“But finally last year we had enough members to form our own Dayboro team and we were beaten in the 2012 Brisbane North Division 5 semi finals.
Club president Graham Condon has helped put together a book of interesting facts and photos from the club’s first 50 years.
Contact Ian Jenkins at the club (07) 3398 1551 for more details about the carnival or president Graham about the anniversary plans (07) 3219 2537 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabulous run for father and son A father and son team from Yungaburra Bowls Club on the Atherton Tablelands is celebrating a sparkling season! Bob Pritchard and son Gary Pritchard, together with teammates Wally Coutts and Richie Cahill, won their club championship fours, the Tropical Far North district Champion of Champion Fours and went on to Mossman for the Zone Championship Fours.
They played well but were taken down by a smart unit from Mt Isa, with seven points the difference in a tight, hard-fought game. Their second game against Townsville was another nail-biter, which they lost by just one shot.
Townsville went on to win the competition overall and will head to the Gold Coast for the 2013 Champion of Club Champions state finals from October 26-31. “It’s great to see Bob and Gary play together and achieve so much, the Yungaburra club is really proud of our men’s fours team,” publicity officer Robyn Williams said. Pictured above: Yungaburra's fabulous foursome Gary Pritchard, Bob Pritchard, Wally Coutts and Richie Cahill.
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Reaccreditation More than just red tape
here is some resentment out there about Bowls Queensland’s push to have all coaches correctly accredited before they act in an official capacity.
Is this just because we are sticklers for the rules at the expense of common sense? I don’t believe so.
I’ll do my best to explain why it’s been decided at a national level that the coaches of every sport should be accredited and why it’s
by State Coaching Coordinator Barry Ward
extremely important all coaches acting in an official capacity keep their accreditations current. The National Accreditation Scheme is an initiative of the Australian Sport Commission and delivered by Bowls Australia. As it relates to our sport, the new coaching programme is designed around an important objective: to get a new bowler on to a green quicker than in “the old days”.
The old “Level 1” and “Level 2” accreditations are no longer applicable and there is a six month’s grace period on their expiry date.
When our coaches go for reaccreditation, they will be designated as a “Club Coach” (equivalent of the old Level 1) or an “Advanced Coach” (equivalent of the old Level 2). Club Coach, as the name indicates, is intended for individual and team coaching at club and district level.
Advanced Coach is for those intending to coach at higher levels, eg, district, state, state juniors, development squads.
Some of the coaches we have relied on and valued for many years in our sport in Queensland have expressed concern that the requirement for reaccreditation is something of an insult, given their involvement, some at very high levels of coaching, over many years in our sport. However, reaccreditation every four years is the industry standard for coaches in all sports played at national level, and the sport of lawn bowls is obliged to follow the protocol. This is not an unreasonable or onerous obligation.
Coaching methods are always upgrading and it is in the best interests of everyone that our coaches are seen to be conforming with industry standards and aware of the latest techniques.
We understand reaccreditation can require some time and
expense on the part of our valued coaches but after much discussion, we feel the new reaccreditation process for bowls has been made both simple and relevant.
Reaccreditation will require 200 hours of coaching in a four-year period, which equates to about 1 hour a week coaching.
Plus coaches are expected to view a Bowls Australia DVD called Coaches Den. Bowls Queensland’s coaching committee feels that an ongreen assessment should also be part of the reaccreditation requirement.
The BQ coaching committee plans to visit all Queensland districts in a certain time period, if this requirement is supported by the districts. The goal of our site visits would to increase the number of coaches and to formally upgrade the skills of present coaches.
(We have already received replies from some districts requesting a visit from us in the near future, which is very pleasing.) Players being coached by non-accredited coaches remains a contentious issue. Some clubs have Voluntary Workers Insurance to cover incidents that may arise. Some clubs using non-accredited coaches may not have this cover, therefore they would be at risk.
Coaches have a duty of care to their players and this is part of the reason there is an accreditation and reaccreditation process, to update our coaches about the latest obligations and responsibilities under current laws. It is not to make things difficult or be a stick in the mud or undermine the many decades of experience you may quite justifiably feel is more than enough to qualify you as a coach.
If you have a talent for coaching, we value you, and we want you on our greens! Please call us and help us to help you get the paperwork in place, for your own protection and to ensure our sport meets industry standard. It’s not an option anymore, it’s an obligation.
Pictured: Bowls Queensland coaching committee members for 2013 are Alan Thorpe (Bribie Island), Barry Gabel (Jindalee), Barry Ward (Algester) and Dennis O’Toole (Windsor).
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SPRING DEAD SPOT There is plenty to celebrate with the arrival of Spring! However, one thing that strikes panic into the heart of a green-keeper is Spring Dead Spot. What a mess it can make of your green! Let’s start with what Spring Dead Spot is, and I’m not going to get scientific here. It’s basically a root disease that takes hold in early Autumn. Unfortunately you don’t usually see the signs until early Spring, when patches of dead turf, round like saucers, start appearing. Depending on the severity of the attack, you could get dozens to hundreds of patches. Spring Dead Spot makes a green unsightly and bumpy to bowl on. What can you do about it? 1) Apply a preventative systemic fungicide during late Summer or early Autumn. I find Banner Maxx works well, mixed with a wetter, and drenched in well (irrigate with automatic sprinklers). I do two applications a year, one in January and the other in February. 2) Good fertilizer management, especially with nitrogen and potassium. 3) Apply high levels of phosphorous, potash and minor elements. 4) Improve drainage. (We’ll talk about coring a green and renovation in November) Is it too late if you’ve already got the telltale signs of Spring Dead Spot? Don’t despair if you haven’t applied fungicide in early Autumn and you’ve already got some saucerlike patches. But take immediate action. Hopefully you’ll be able to stop things getting worse by giving the greens a spray. I apply a mix of one part Rovral to two parts Thriam and a wetter, mixed together, sprayed on and drenched in well. (As always, follow the instructions on the container.)
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I have had great success with this mixture, saving many clubs from losing their greens to Spring Dead Spot. Keep in mind once all the grass is dead, it takes a long time to renew, getting grass runners across those patches.
Beetlemania! If only I was talking about the best band in music history but sadly, no, this month I’m putting out an alert about black beetles. If you haven’t already seen them around your green, I’d like to let you know they seem to be particularly prolific this year. What makes it worse is the crows, digging holes in our greens to pick them out for breakfast! Who would have known black beetle could be such a delicacy?
Weeds Of course, Spring is also the time for weeds to start popping up around the greens and banks, especially clover and Creeping Oxalis (right). It’s easy to fix, you just have to keep on top of it. See you in November!
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Super Coach Around the greens at Mt. Crosby Bowls Club, Peter Doherty is known as ‘Super Coach’. Since becoming the first bowler to graduate from the University of Queensland’s High Performance Coaching programme in 2009, the 63-year-old has been the saviour of many aspiring bowlers in Brisbane’s west.
However, these days it’s not just dodgy deliveries that Peter is helping correct. It’s saving lives that is Doherty’s newfound passion. Earlier this year Peter was diagnosed with high-level aggressive prostate cancer.
“I believe I was asymptomatic and only became aware of the cancer through regular blood testing. One of the tests, the PSA test, measures levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood stream,” he explains. It was a massive shock for Peter and he underwent surgery in April, a biopsy and a radical prostatectomy in quick succession. “It gave me little time to understand what I was going through. It can be quite a horrific procedure,” he said. v36/12
Peter has put off his coaching duties while in recovery, but aims to be back on the greens before Christmas.
In the meantime the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has appointed Peter as their ambassador in the bowls community. They are hoping clubs will invite him along to make a presentation about the symptoms, detection and treatment of prostate cancer, which is one of the biggest killers of men in Australia. “I think some men are aware and for some it’ll be very new to them, but until you’re diagnosed you can’t know all the information,” which is why Peter feels the presentations are important, as are the support groups.
“There are some very active support groups out there, one in Brisbane and in Ipswich. They are very valuable.”
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have been requested on many occasions to write an article on Foot-faulting. The
two laws relating to this controversial topic are Law 20 and Law 21. Law 20 – Position of the mat (Page 47)
20.1 Before delivery a player should be standing on the mat with one foot fully on the mat. At the moment they deliver the jack or a bowl, the player should have all or part of one foot on or above the mat. 20.2 Before delivery a player using an approved wheelchair should have one wheel on the mat and, at the moment they deliver the jack or a bowl, the player should have all or part of one wheel on or above the mat.
20.3 Any player not meeting the terms of this law is committing a foot-fault, and Law 21 will apply. *It is important to remember that the player only needs to have part of one foot/or one wheel on or above the mat at the moment of delivery. It is the stance before delivery that one foot/or wheel should be fully on the mat. At all times the umpire must act to preserve the integrity of the game, the club, the sponsor and the umpire.
If a player does complain to you as umpire of the day, or you notice by your own observation, that a player is foot-faulting you will need to:
Ascertain the nature of the foot-fault from the complainant. If the complaint is justified, advise the player (in singles) quietly and tactfully, or advise the player’s skip, in a team game or the side manager in a sides game, but again quietly and tactfully.
Equally, if the complaint is not justified, the complainant must be quietly told of your decision. Law 21 – Foot-faulting (Pages 47/48)
21.1 If the umpire, either by their own observation or an appeal by one of the skips or opponents in singles, decides that a player has not met the terms of Law 20, the umpire should, on the first occasion, warn the player in the presence of the skip and advise the manager or the coach when they are present that a warning has been given. 21.2 On each occasion after this, the umpire should have the player’s bowl stopped and declared dead.
21.3 If it has not been possible to stop the bowl and it disturbs the head, the opponent should choose whether to:
21.3.1 replace the head 21.3.2 leave the head as altered, or 21.3.3 declare the end dead 21.4 If a player has been given a warning and still fails to meet the terms of Law 20 while delivering the jack, law 23.2 will apply. One would hope that the player would not continue to foot-fault, however the above law is in place and the umpire can continue to stop the bowl as many times as necessary. Please do not sit obviously looking for footfaults and do not pester the duty umpire with your observations if you are not involved as a player or umpire of the day. I hope that the above explanations help you understand the position regarding the stance on the mat and the delivery of both jack and bowl.
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WIN A Pelican Waters-Caloundra team has won the third annual Kingaroy Ladies Weekend Carnival on September 14-15 at Kingaroy.
Keen Kingaroy bowler Wendy Turner has been a great promoter of the weekend carnival for women.
Runners up were Broadbeach’s Annie McClure, Cheryl Heaps, Chrissie Pavlov and Sue McKenzie, four wins, one draw.
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said the weekend format was a great idea for working women and a chance for junior bowlers who might be at school during the week to take part in an Open competition. The format is five games over two days, with the winners decided on games won and margin of ends.
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“This is the third successive year and it’s been really popular, 28 teams from all over southeast Queensland, and lots of visiting bowlers who said they would take the idea back to their own clubs.”
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COME & TRY DAY
n November 17 more than 120 clubs from around Queensland will support a state-wide Come and Try Day coordinated by Bowls Queensland. Clubs can charge or not charge for the day and are free to organise their own agenda. Each of the participating clubs have agreed to donate $1 from every person attending to a charity, the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation.
All clubs should keep in mind that the focus of the day is..FUN, FUN, FUN!!! The ultimate goal of the day is to attract new members and show your club in its best light. You want those attending to be charmed and delighted and think “This is a club and a sport I would love to be part of!” Brochures and flyers have already been sent out to participating clubs, to put in local business houses, hand out in the street and put on car windscreens (check you are allowed to do this wherever you are planning to make your drops). A bright and colourful poster to publicise the day is on its way to participating clubs, to help promote the day. Please let us know if the day is a success and what worked or didn’t work for your club. It’s the first time we’ve done something like this on this scale and we’d love to hear your feedback! Good luck to all! South-East Corner Brisbane district › 9 clubs: Ashgrove, Dayboro, Everton Park, Indooroopilly, Newmarket, Samford, St Lucia, Toowong, Windsor
Brisbane North district › 7 clubs: Aspley, Chermside, Deception Bay, Geebung, Northern Suburbs, Pine Rivers, Toombul. Caboolture › 9 clubs: Beachmere, Bribie Island, Bongaree, Caboolture Lakes, Caboolture Memorial, Kilcoy, Solander Lakes, Woodford.
Cunningham › 7 clubs: Corinda, Esk, Goodna, Ipswich, Jindalee, Rosewood. Gateway › 12 clubs: Belmont Services, Bulimba, Cannon Hill, Capalaba, Carina Leagues, Coorparoo, Manly, Mt Gravatt, Norman Park, Russell Island, Victoria Point, Wynnum.
Gold Coast/Tweed › 13 clubs: Beenleigh, Benowa, Broadbeach, Gold Coast Lawn, Helensvale, Mermaid Beach, McKenzie Park, Musgrave Hill, Tamborine Mountain, Tweed Heads, Twin Towns (Ladies), Twin Towns (Men). Sunshine Coast › 8 clubs. Buderim, Caloundra, Club Maroochy, Coolum Beach, Cooroy, Mooloolaba, Pelican Waters, Tewantin Noosa.
Regions Bundaberg/Port Curtis › 10 clubs: Across the Waves, Biloela, Boyne Tannum, Brothers Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Burnett, Gladstone, Mount Larcom, Moore Park, Woodgate. Burnett › 5 clubs: Biggenden, Kingaroy, Murgon, Proston, Wondai Country.
Central Queensland › 4 clubs: Gracemere, Rockhampton, Victoria Park, Yeppoon. Condamine › 1 club Dalby.
Downs › 3 clubs: Crows Nest, Toowoomba City, West Toowoomba.
Fraser Coast › 5 clubs: Burrum Heads, Hervey Bay, Imbil, Pialba, Tin Can Bay. Leichardt › 3 clubs: Dysart, Springsure, Winton.
Mackay › 6 clubs. Airlie Beach, Mackay, North Mackay, Proserpine, Sarina, St Helens. Maranoa/Warrego › 3 clubs: Quilpie, Roma, Surat.
North Queensland › 8 clubs: Ayr, Bowen, Brandon, Jubilee, Magnetic Island, Suburban, Thuringowa City, Townsville. Southern Downs › 5 clubs: Clifton, Goondiwindi, Southern Cross, Stanthorpe, Tannymorel.
Tropical Far North › 8 clubs: Atherton, Babinda, Innisfail, Malanda, Marlin Coast, Mareeba, South Johnstone, Yungaburra.
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Retirement Villages Are you considering making the move to a retirement village?
While traditionally bowls has been a game for the elderly, it seems to me that this is no longer the case. People of all ages enjoy lawn bowls and this is terrific for the sport. However, there are still a large group of bowlers who are either at or approaching retirement age.
Therefore, I thought we should write an article dealing with some of the considerations that people should be aware of when making a decision about moving into a retirement village.
My colleague Stuart Lowe is an expert in all matters relating to retirement villages, and in the event that you might have a query regarding retirement villages, please do not hesitate to contact him on the details below. Retirement villages are residential complexes where older members of the community or retirees live and share common facilities.
Deciding to move to a retirement village can be an exciting but daunting experience.
While lifestyle considerations often feature significantly, legal and financial issues are equally important.
Entering into an agreement to live in a retirement village is usually very different - and significantly more complex – when compared to a usual real estate transaction. Such agreements are regulated by the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (“the RV Act”) and must include a lengthy disclosure document. Residents of retirement villages do not usually own their units.
Typically, residents are granted a lease or licence of their unit for life.
Sometimes residents receive a share in the company which owns and operates the village. Where a resident does own the freehold to their unit, there is usually also a body corporate, which introduces additional complexities.
Some of the issues which prospective residents should consider when considering whether to move to a retirement village, or comparing retirement villages, include the following: THE INGOING CONTRIBUTION. This is the amount payable by a resident upon entry to the village, in exchange for a right to reside in the resident’s unit. It is often an interest-free loan to the operator, repayable when the resident departs the unit and the unit is resold, subject to certain deductions (see below). ► ONGOING CHARGES. Residents must pay regular amounts called “general services charges”, which fund the provision of services and facilities to residents. This includes a component for the maintenance and repair of the village’s capital items. The RV Act prescribes how the amount of the general services charges may change from year to year, including a budgeting process which the operator must follow.
► CARE. Villages differ greatly in the level of care and personal services available to residents (eg laundry, meals, cleaning). Additional fees are usually payable for services of this nature. Residents should ensure they are aware of how these charges are calculated, whether their unit is an “independent living unit” or a “serviced apartment” and the extent of services which are available. ► RESIDENT’S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS DURING OCCUPANCY. For example, are residents allowed to make alterations to their unit, have a pet or have visitors stay overnight?
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► CHARGES PAYABLE UPON EXIT. Upon vacating the village, residents are normally charged an “exit fee”, depending on how long they have lived in the village. The exit fee is usually a percentage of either the ingoing contribution originally paid by the outgoing resident or the new ingoing contribution payable by the next resident of the unit. Departing residents may also have to pay a portion of the costs of reinstating the unit to a marketable condition. ► CAPITAL GAINS AND LOSSES. The new ingoing contribution payable by the next resident of the unit may be more or less than the ingoing contribution originally paid by the outgoing resident, resulting in either a “capital gain” or a “capital loss”. Different villages have different arrangements for the sharing of capital gains and capital losses between the operator and the outgoing resident.
Retirement villages offer many advantages to residents, including a secure, low-maintenance environment and the opportunity to socialise with people having similar interests. Many residents who move to retirement villages are very satisfied with the lifestyle they provide.
However, it is important to fully understand all the pros and cons before entering into an agreement to live in a retirement village. Otherwise, dissatisfied residents may regret their decision and leave the village after only a short time, sometimes incurring a significant financial penalty. Anyone considering making the move to a retirement village should always seek professional advice from a solicitor with expertise in retirement village agreements and the RV Act.
Please contact Stuart Lowe at Mullins Lawyers on 07 3224 0355 or slowe@ mullinslaw.com.au if you have any queries in relation to retirement villages.
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